Disgorged March 2017 with zero dosage. Made entirely from old-vine, biodynamically farmed fruit, from hand harvested vines cropped at a very low 35 hectolitres per hectare. Wild fermented in old 600 litre barrels. Fresh and vivid, this Montlouis non-dosé is 100% Chenin Blanc from the flinty (les perruches) sites of Le Volagray and Les Landes, as well as the more clay and limestone-rich (aubuis) sites of Clos Renard and Les Epinais. Chidaine picks his grapes ripe as he wants his terroir to shine through. After 12 months bottle age, the aroma is all crunchy pear, hops and freshly cut white flowers, leading to a wonderful vibrant yet creamy mouthfeel shot through with saline energy and smoky complexity. The finish tapers to a long, chalky, mineral-infused close. Although labelled as a NV, this is, in fact, a 2015 vintage wine and the domaine’s belief that this vintage is their finest to date will receive no argument from us.